Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle

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Counterpoint, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 367 pages
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In this intelligent memoir, Peter Coyote relives his ride through the heart of the counterculture--a journey that took him from the quiet rooms of privilege in New York to the riotous political street theater in San Francisco. Chronicling the revolutionary theories of the Diggers and the encampments of the extended Free Family, Coyote offers blunt and affectionate portraits of friends, lovers, and fellow travelers. In prose that is graphic and unsentimental, Coyote also reveals the corrosive side of love that was once called "free," the terror evoked by bikers who came on late-night visits looking for drugs, and Coyote's own quest for the next high. His road through revolution taught him to be a player and a strategist: from radical communard to the chairman of the California Arts Council; from a street theater apprentice to a motion-picture star. Sleeping Where I Fall pays honest tribute to the spiritual search of a generation that had become morally estranged from the dominant culture, a generation that transformed the politics--then the heart and soul--of America. Book jacket.

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

This book is a wonderfully written autobiography, the main focus being on Coyote's time in the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Diggers, and time spent on various communes. His writing is flowing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sally - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book and recommended it. It is a story of trying to create a life that rejects the rules and expectations of the American culture of the late 60s and early 70s, and the ultimate ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Peter Coyote's feature film credits include E.T., Jagged Edge, Buffalo Girls, and Outrageous Fortune. On stage, he appeared in the world premiere of True West. He also appears on the BDD Audio productions of Gary Paulsen's The River and Canyons.

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